A Symphony of Advanced Watchmaking Technology
Chopard Manufacture spent more than six years working on the award-winning L.U.C Full Strike, the Swiss watch-maker’s first minute repeater. Creating the timepiece required a lot of expertise and dedication; the flawless as-sembly is clear in the purity of sound of each chime, announcing hours, quarters and minutes on transparent gongs made of sapphire crystal, material that also serves as acoustic amplifier. The gongs, tuned to notes F and C, are machined together with the watch glass—an unprecedented complication in traditional watchmaking—and their development spanned more than three years alone, involving technology that would prevent the steel hammers from breaking the tiny set of crystal components. The Full Strike is equipped with caliber L.U.C 08.01-L and offers a 60-hour power reserve. It comes in an 11.5 mm thick, 18-carat Fairmined rose gold case and a hand-sewn alligator leather strap.
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